Sleep in the First Trimester

If you're having trouble sleeping while you are pregnant, you're not alone. Nearly every pregnant woman runs into this problem. But don't worry; there are things you can do to help get a good night's rest.

For morning sickness and upset stomach

  • If an upset stomach is keeping you up, try crackers or apple slices just before bedtime
  • A light bite may help settle your stomach
  • If morning sickness is a problem when you wake, keep some snacks in your bedside table so you can reach for a quick nibble before you get up for the day

Late-night bathroom trips

  • To help avoid too many late-night trips to the bathroom:
  • Limit your fluid intake in the evening
  • Fully empty your bladder each time you go to the toilet
  • Cut out caffeine - coffee, tea and cola

Find a comfy sleeping position

  • Try lying on your left side with your knees bent.
  • Tuck one pillow under your tummy and one between your legs.
  • Snuggle up to a body pillow.
  • You'll likely roll from side to side during your sleep, which is fine.
  • Some women even sleep in a recliner.

Naps are a must

  • Your body is working very hard to form a new life, even while you're sleeping.
  • Naps are a pregnant woman's best friend. Be kind to yourself and lie down during the day if you need to.

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